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What is nappa leather?

What is nappa leather?
Fine smooth leather is a certain kind of smooth leather. Nappa leather is a certain kind of fine smooth leather. Confused yet? Here you can find out about other different types of nappa leather.

Nappa leather is the general term for particularly soft, chrome tanned smooth leather of all animal skin types and fields of use. A distinction is made between natural, slightly pigmented, pigmented and sanded leather.Natural nappa leather is also known as aniline leather. It is open-pored and imbued with aniline colourants.

Aniline leather – flawless, precious and very sensitive

The natural characteristics of the skin material are well visible because they are not covered by paints and coatings. Therefore, the leather must not be damaged by tick bites, thorn scratches or other external causes. For this reason, this immaculate material is often very precious and expensive.

Aniline leathers are extremely sensitive to dirt and fat, as well as to bleaching out caused by sunlight due to the fact that the leather´s pores are not sealed. Just like aniline leather, slightly pigmented nappa leather is dyed through with water-soluble colourants to which pigments were added which makes the material more resistant to light and abrasion. Additionally, the surface appears to be more even.

A colour coat makes nappa even and insensitive

Both kinds of nappa leather are water-vapour permeable and therefore provide an excellent heat exchange. With pigmented nappa leather, colourants are applied firmly to the grained leather´s surface by using a binding agent. This makes the material less breathable but at the same time easier to clean and less sensitive to dirt.

Nappa leather that has been sanded on the grained side gets an extremely smooth surface when colourants are applied. Its particularly natural features are almost lost completely by this process.

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Applicable Products

   

Special Wax Polish Classic

Protection and conditioning for fine smooth leather

Starting at: €9.50

Size:
Combination spray for brushed and antiqued leather, as well as finely waxed or grained smooth leather. Dirt-repellent; also protects and conditions sensitive nappa leather.



Use only outdoors or in well-ventilated rooms. Before wearing the shoes for the first time, spray them three times from a distance of about 20 cm. Leave the shoes for about 20 minutes so that the spray can penetrate deep into the material. Regular application optimises the effect.

Carbon Pro

Extremely durable protection against dirt and wetness

€13.95
Size: 300 ml (€4.65 / 100 ml)
Our latest innovation in high-performance waterproofers. A revolutionary technology which enters a new era in shoe care. There has never been a product which protects better or lasts longer Protection and perfect breathability, uniquely combined.
Spray from a distance of at least 30cm onto the cleaned surface of the material. The product must be used in well ventilated rooms or outside. After spray has dried completely, other care products can be applied. Protection should be renewed regularly.

Shining results with brush leather

Shining results with brush leather
If you are looking for shoes to wear on a special occasion you might come across brush leather shoes. Brush leather has a very elegant appearance but its care is demanding. Here we give you advice how to do it right.

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